Updated: Feb 13, 2019
Having my own salon has been a dream of mine for many years and after managing a salon and completing numerous courses, the opportunity arose and I felt I was ready... wow what a shock it was.
Being a hairdresser and being the business owner are 2 very different roles and it’s definitely something that I doubt I will ever perfect.
In the beginning people who I classed as being close to me didn’t understand that “I can’t just have an afternoon off” that “I’m poorer than I’ve ever been” running a business can easily take over your life and let’s remember that I’m a hairdresser, I’m not the most academic and lots of the things I’ve done over the 4 years of having a business I’ve never done before so yes it hasn’t been a walk in the park.
I’ve designed and built the salons website, learnt about SEO, built social media platforms, write blogs & weekly emails, all of the marketing, walked the streets distributing leaflets, manage staff, stock control and most importantly I’m still a hairdresser and nail tech earning the pennies.
I make mistakes, I have 100s of things on my never ending to do list, I get over whelmed at times and sometimes I really can’t be bothered but that is all part of running a business and I chose to do it so I put my big girl pants on and deal with it.
Over a year ago now I took a step back from the salon and I now work from home on a Tuesday, no it’s not another day off it’s the day that I do all the things that help move my business forward, it means that when I’m in the salon I’m a hairdresser and when I’m not I’m a business owner, this has been a complete game changer for me and means I get so much more done and actually finish things and can put my all in to everything I do.
I am so lucky that I love what I do and I know not everyone feels the same so as much as I sometimes wish my to do list would end or that I can truly switch off when I’m on holiday, I honestly don’t know what I’d do if I wasn’t a hairdresser and more importantly a salon owner.